KS4 Curriculum Guide - Year 10 Design Technology
Term 1Introduction to Material Working, Forces and Stresses and Improving Functionality. 
During this term students will be studying material working properties: papers, boards, polymers, textiles, forces and stresses and improving functionality.
Assessment: Students will develop their understanding of forces and stresses and improving functionality by producing models, carrying out experiments and producing a range of revision resources such as pictorial mind maps. They will complete each chapter by completing worksheets along with homework sheets, which will prepare them for an end of unit assessment. Students will develop their knowledge of the areas listed below through paired presentations, independent research projects and group work: • Paper and Boards • Natural and manufactured timber • Materials and alloys • Polymers • Textiles Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Ecological and Social Footprint; The 6 Rs; Scales of Production, Primary and Secondary Data; Designers; Companies; Design Strategies 
During this term students will be studying Ecological and Social Footprint; The 6 Rs; Scales of Production. Then they will move onto Investigation of the following: Primary and Secondary Data; Designers; Companies; Design Strategies.
Assessment: Unit assessment will be at the end of Scales of Production (Week 10). Autumn 2 assessment to be combined with practical grade from ongoing mini-project.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Selection of materials and components: Tolerances; Material Management; Tools, equipment, techniques and finishes; surface treatments and finishes. 
In this term students will be studying communication of design ideas followed by a selection of materials and components: Tolerances; Material Management; Tools, equipment, techniques and finishes; surface treatments and finishes.
Assessment: End of week 15 Unit assessment: 1st part of Spring 1 assessment added to practical grades from Mini-NEA up to assessment point. End of Week 20 Assessment - Making Principles (2nd part of Spring Term).Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Specialist materials, Design strategies, Industry and Enterprise   
Students will study Sources, Origins and Properties: Working with specialist materials; Commercial manufacturing; Surface Treatments and finishes. They will also study Industry and Enterprise; Sustainability and the Environment; People, Culture and Society. The following areas regarding Design Principles will also be studied in this term: • Investigation, primary and secondary data • The work of others
Assessment: End of week - 23 Spring 2 assessment to be added to practical grades from Mini-NEA so far at assessment point.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Design strategies; New and emerging technologies, Energy and storage, developments in new materials. 
In this term students will be studying Production techniques and systems; Informing design decisions; Energy generation; Energy Storage; Modern Materials; Smart Materials. Students will then study the following areas within the Design Principles section: • Design Strategies • Communication of design ideas and prototype development
Assessment: Summer Year 10 ExaminationKey Words and Terms
 
Term 6Composite materials and technical textiles; Systems approach to designing; Electronic systems processing; Mechanical devices and the non-exam assessment. 
Question Level Analysis Feedback to students of Summer Year 10 examination. Composite materials and technical textiles; Systems approach to designing; Electronic systems processing; Mechanical devices. This will be followed by the June 1st release of coursework assignments. Non-exam assessment: Receive project themes from AQA. These will be analysed and activities to help students select and start their coursework projects. In this term students will start the project with an investigation into a contextual challenge, defining the needs, wants of the user, and include relevant research to produce a design brief and specification. Students must ensure they investigate, analyse and evaluate throughout their coursework.
Assessment: In this term students will start the project with an investigation into a contextual challenge, defining the needs, wants of the user, and include relevant research to produce a design brief and specification. The above sections of the coursework will be assessed using the AQA GCSE assessment criteria.Key Words and Terms
 

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